Today sees the launch of the UK’s first ever ovarian cancer symptoms bus, thanks to a partnership between Target Ovarian Cancer and Lothian buses.
Following years of devoted campaigning from one of Lothian’s employees, Colin Barclay, the signs and symptoms have now been applied on the rear and sides of one of Lothian’s vehicles and will be raising awareness across Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian over the next year.
Colin Barclay sadly lost his wife Jill to ovarian cancer. Both Colin and Jill were avid awareness raisers within the local community, regularly holding awareness events and handing out leaflets with the symptoms of ovarian cancer at key locations across the city. Colin, who has worked for Lothian for over 40 years, is a well-known and well-liked member of the Lothian team and was recently voted Lothian’s Unsung Hero at the companies People Awards by his colleagues. Part of his award was to receive his very own bus to help him with his campaign to raise awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms.
Colin said “Target Ovarian Cancer is helping women across the UK get an early diagnosis, which can be life changing for many. My family and I are overwhelmed by the support of my colleagues at Lothian. My wife Jill and I spent years campaigning to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and I hope the adverts on this bus will highlight the symptoms and save lives.”
Annwen Jones, Chief Executive of Target Ovarian Cancer, said: “Awareness of ovarian cancer is low, both among women and GPs, with two thirds of women diagnosed once the cancer has already spread. Enough is enough. It’s time to TAKE OVAR. Together with Lothian, we can make sure women are diagnosed at the earliest possible stage. I am delighted to have their support. Jill Barclay worked tirelessly, in spite of ill health, to raise awareness and funds for ovarian cancer. I am so grateful to Colin and his family for all they are doing in honour of Jill.”
Jim Armstrong, Lothian’s Engineering Director said: “Colin has worked with us here at Lothian for over forty years and is a dedicated member of the Engineering team. He has worked tirelessly to raise ongoing awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer and his strength, determination and loyalty is much admired through the whole business. We are honoured to be able to help Colin and his family pay tribute to his late wife Jill’s memory and we very much hope that ‘Jill’s bus’ will help promote the fantastic work that Target Ovarian Cancer does.”
Scotland leads the way in ovarian cancer diagnosis and care in the UK, having improved its diagnostic pathway and access to much-needed treatments. But awareness of the symptoms among GPs and women is still low.
Target Ovarian Cancer has called on the Scottish Government to launch a new Detect Cancer Early awareness campaign to ensure women know the symptoms of ovarian cancer and the importance of going to their GP.
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